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The Rev. Geri Cunningham

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The Reverend Geri Cunningham serves as Priest-in-Charge at St. Francis’ Episcopal Church in Fortuna, California under Called to Common Mission, An Agreement of Full Communion between The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  She was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in January, 2001.  She is a second-career pastor/priest having entered professional ministry after a 20-year career in the United States Air Force as a Russian linguist.  She studied at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California (Master of Divinity, 2000) and Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado (Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry, 2005). 
Previously she served in ministry as Youth Minister at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church in Tucson, Arizona; Student Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in El Cerrito, California; Intern Pastor at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Great Falls, Virginia; Pastor at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in San Lorenzo, California; Associate Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Centennial, Colorado; and Pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Carlsbad, New Mexico.  While in New Mexico, she was Dean of the Border Conference. 
Geri and Earl have been married for 45 years.  Earl is retired from the United States Air Force (also having served 20 years as a Russian Linguist) and from Visa as Director of Information Security.  They moved to Humboldt County in 2015 to be “grandparents in residence” at Shakefork Community Farm with their son Kevin, daughter-in-law Melanie, and grandson Clyde. 
Geri is a member of Soroptimist International of Eel River Valley and a certified Humboldt County Master Food Preserver.  When not involved in church or community activities, Geri and Earl enjoy the blessing of living near their family and watching “Farmer Clyde” grow up.